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Mississippi Damned

Mississippi_DamnedSunday nights are what I call my “selfie moments”. I’m either relaxed with a book in hand or doing something that doesn’t involve entertaining anyone with conversation. This particular night I decided I wanted to spend some time with my Netflix account. While scrolling through the movies I had saved to watch at a later time, I noticed one that I didn’t remember adding. The title itself was pretty catchy and since I’m a Memphis girl I couldn’t help myself. I clicked “play”. the title appeared across the screen, MISSISSIPPI DAMNED, based on a true story. Now I was even more intrigued. Needless to say after watching the entire movie, I really wanted to watch it again. It was 1 A.M. and I had to get up in 4 hours but I just couldn’t help but to hit “play” again.

Mississippi Damned is a 2009 American drama film written and directed by Tina Mabry based on her life growing up in Tupelo, Mississippi. Taking place in 1986 and 1998 and based on a true story, three poor, Black kids in rural Mississippi reap the consequences of their family’s destructive cycles. They independently struggle to escape their circumstances and must decide whether to confront what’s plagued their family for generations or succumb to the same crippling fate, forever damned in Mississippi ( It tackles issues such as rape, child abuse, sexual orientation, illness, imprisonment, child molestation, addiction, domestic violence and, death. kudos to Tina Mabry for bringing us such an exceptional film that was refreshingly real.

Watch clips and see the cast below:


Tonea Stewart as Alice
Adam Clark as Junior
Malcolm Goodwin as Sammy Stone
Michael Hyatt as Delores
Malcolm David Kelley as Young Sammy
Jossie Thacker as Charlie
Tessa Thompson as Kari Peterson
Simbi Khali as Anna
D.B. Woodside as Tyrone
Chasity Kershal Hammitte as Leigh
Kylee Russell as Young Kari
Cynthia Addai-Robinson as Milena
Michael Beasley as James
Donna Biscoe as Gloria
Southey Blanton as Irv
Benjamin Brown as Ray




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